Increasing cold = increasing energy usage. What can you do?

Posted | December 2, 2019

It’s here … colder weather. And the worst is yet to come. But fret not, we’re here to help.

When the temperature plummets, energy use rises as a necessary result of keeping your home warm. With that increase in energy usage comes a likely increase in your monthly bill, but there are a few things you can do to help keep the cost more manageable.

  • Make sure your furnace is ready for the job – It’s not too late to have your system checked out by a professional so that it runs at peak efficiency. And don’t forget to change the filter per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep the cold air out – Caulk windows and doors and use weather stripping to stop leaks.
  • Take it down – Your thermostat, that is. Lower it by two degrees to keep the furnace from running as much.
  • Two is better than one – Add an extra blanket to the bed.
  • Keep it closed – Close fireplace doors and the damper when the fireplace is not being used.
  • Let the sunshine in – Open blinds, curtains and shades during the day to let Mother Nature help keep things a bit warmer indoors.

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